West Midlands

In the West Midlands our Academy is based in Garretts Green in Birmingham. As one of the largest academies in our portfolio, we have nine training rooms and three workshops for out of the classroom learning and FLT delivery.

Working closely with DHL through our links with Staffline, we also have a dedicated DHL classroom and Staffline on-site where interviews and assessments take place after successful completion of some courses. The site also benefits from a canteen with free tea, coffee and biscuits and lots of parking.

We have a number of out-reach sites across Birmingham and the Black Country, as well as the ability to deliver courses at an employer’s premises in the area.

The Academy offers an end to end service including a full information, advice and guidance session for each person before they are enrolled on to a course.


  • Functional skills (Entry level 1 up to level 2).
  • Certificate in Food Prep and Cooking (level 1)
  • Extended Certificate in Employability (level 1)
  • Introduction to Customer Service (level 1)
  • Employer Focused Training – (Entry level 3)
  • Forklift Truck Training Counterbalance and Reach Licences- (ITSSAR Accredited)

Our Academy Locations

Bolt on courses and benefits are also to available to learners who successfully complete one of the above courses. These are fully funded by PeoplePlus and offer an additional incentive to facilitate someone’s journey into work. Learners can benefit from one of the following:

  • L1 working in a construction environment
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • CSCS Card
  • Passport
  • Driving or Provisional Licence
  • Tablet
  • Mobile Phone

Distance Learning

We also offer Distance Learning Qualifications within the following areas to allow learners to complete training within the comfort of their own home with regular contact from one of our tutors for the duration of the training. Courses include:

  • Customer Service
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Team Leading
  • Warehouse & Storage
  • Information, Advice and Guidance

Links with Employers

We work alongside a range of employers including; National Express, DHL, Hozelock, Hermes, DES Security and I Force. After successful completion of a course, the learner is invited for an interview either on site at Garretts Green, or at the employers’ premises.

National Express have been working closely with PeoplePlus for the last twelve months. We have now established a close working relationship with the team. PeoplePlus have provide National Express with job ready candidates. The course provided ensures that the learner fully understands the DSA theory and we are finding that candidates are passing their tests on the first attempt. With the help of PeoplePlus we have put over sixty job seekers into full time employment and I hope to continue to work closely with PeoplePlus for the foreseeable future’

Ken Billingham, Driver Recruitment and Retention at National Express Bus Training Centre

West Midlands
Unit 29, Valepits Road, Garretts Green, Birmingham B33 0TD
Contact 0121 700 1520 for more information

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